If you have ever ordered a cheap charger wire for your phone or any other devices, then you could be at risk – the majority of people will look online to buy charger wires for cheaper, because buying an authentic wire could leave you out of pocket, but there is a huge risk when buying these cheap wires. Most of the wires purchased are made in China for less than 3p and although it may seem like a good deal at the time we assure you it is not.
Because of where they are made and how little they are made for, there are huge safety faults – they are put together poorly and made with poor components and sometimes are not fitted with safety features such as fuses. When using these cheap components, it can lead to serious health and safety issues; they can cause electric shocks, injury and also cause fires.
It’s also not the wires that could be at risk, plugs that are bought online for cheap prices also have health and safety deficiencies. When buying a plug, you should always check that there is at least 9.5 mm between the edge of the plug pins and the end of the charger. If the spacing is not correct it can lead to injury by causing an electric shock.
To avoid any damage the faulty goods can cause, we urge everyone to buy authentic chargers or chargers that are health and safety regulated by the UK standards. There are a few simple ways to check if the equipment you are buying is adequate such as:
- Looking for manufacturer’s brand name or logo.
- Look for the model and brand number on the device.
- Check for a mark which will say ‘CE’. (Do not rely on this marking alone as it can be easily forged)
- Check the output voltage and current ratings on your charging device match your mobile phone.
So when looking for a device please ensure all the health and safety regulations are met to avoid you or your family getting hurt or property being damaged.